Jan 1, 2018

Protect Your Floors!

Our experts at Strathcona Cleaners have a few recommendations on how to protect your floors this winter!

Category: General
Posted by: scadmin

Winter weather in Calgary brings its fair share of snowy, icy experiences. We spend hours of our time winterizing, whether that be shoveling snow, cleaning floors, or scraping ice of our sidewalks.

With the countless number of tasks at hand, many of us rely on commercial brands of ice melt, also known as salt, to do some of the work for us. Rock salt is a handy tool for the winter months of the year, but it does come with some unexpected twists. When rock salt is tracked into our buildings from your shoes, it can damage the flooring.

What can we do to prevent this? Our experts at Strathcona Cleaners have a few recommendations on how to protect your floors this winter!

Know How to Identify Salt on Your Floor!

Most often, salt appears in the form of small granules or white splotches left behind when puddles of salty water dry up on the floor. Some rock salt products can also leave behind a sticky patch on your floor only detectable by touch.

If you detect salt on your floors, remove it as soon as possible. It is best to sweep up and remove as much rock salt as you can from your floors to prevent any possible damage.

Apply Rock Salt Sparingly!

People often use too much salt to melt ice, thinking that unless the ice is literally covered with salt from top to bottom, it won’t melt. This is everything but the truth. Salt dissolves in the thin layer of water present on the top of ice and lowers the freezing point of the liquid. The salt then distributes itself evenly across the ice surface and continues to lower the freezing point of the ice. A moderate amount of salt is all that is needed to do this and will have the best results.

Use a Neutralizing Cleaner on Your Floors!

Instead of using your routine cleaning solution, make sure you have access to a neutralizing cleaner for your floors. You can pick these up at your local hardware store. You may also have one already in your home: distilled white vinegar. A half cup of white vinegar in a bucket of water will do the trick in cleaning salt off your floors.

Is road salt tracked into your workplace often? Are your current cleaning services sub-par? The solution you are looking for is an experienced Calgary cleaning company. Interested in our Green Cleaning Services? Visit our website to see a full list of the green services we offer or contact our team at 403-237-8355 today to see if our services are right for you!